The Calgary Flames plunged from playoff contention by losing five straight games.
Their 4-1 loss at Dallas had “golf vacation” written all over it. Their lack of urgency to start the game was stunning.
“The first five minutes or so, we were standing and watching. We weren’t moving our feet,” Flames head coach Brent Sutter told reporters. “It wasn’t the intent. You sensed a well-prepared team. You sensed the guys were ready to go. They knew the importance of the game.
“We got out on the ice, and it just seemed like we were standing, watching. We were kind of caught up into it. Once we got skating, we played a pretty good game.”
Ah, but it wasn’t good enough again. Now the Flames will likely have to win out to have any chance to reach postseason play.
“Looks that way. I think we’re realistic about it. It looks like we’ll have to run the table here,” forward Michael Cammalleri told the Calgary Sun. “We’ll have to use that as a liberating feeling. It’s a Cinderella story we’re gonna have to have now. Everybody here is going to write or comment tomorrow, and all the talk is going to be that our season’s over in six games.
“In our room, we’ll feel we have nothing to lose, and that’s usually a fun way to play. We’ll try to be the Cinderella story that gets to the dance.”
Yeah, well, good luck with that. Sutter knows his team is done – which is why he went ballistic after his team’s previous loss.
Sutter insists he didn’t yell at his boss, general manager Jay Feaster. He was just yelling about the loss.
Said Sutter, to the Calgary Herald: “Yes, I was emotionally upset with our game. I had a general manager who was very supportive and doing what a good general manager does, and also being a good friend by helping me through it. What was reported was all false. No truth to it whatsoever. Jay and I did not have an argument. Actually, he was great the way he handled it with me.”
Said Feaster, to the Herald: “He wasn’t screaming at me. He was upset because we lost the game. Trust me, I worked with John Tortorella — I know the difference between conversation and yelling and screaming. He was upset and I was trying to provide a bit of perspective.”